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Psalms 10-12, Acts 19:1-20 • Key Verse: Acts 19:15
If you are a “nominal Christian—that is, you live the Christian life in name only—the devil
probably will not bother you much. Why should he? You are little or no threat to him. But when
you determine to be a fully devoted follower of Christ, living out the truth of God, seeking to
impact others with the Gospel message, then brace yourself. You will be known.
If it weren’t for the reality of demonic opposition, this account would almost be humorous. Paul’s
ministry in Ephesus included those who tried to copy him. Like, him, they wanted to drive out
evil spirits and tried to do so by invoking the name of Jesus. “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul
preaches,” they would say (v. 13).
Well, one day the sons of Sceva got more than they bargained for. The demons answered them,
saying, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” (v. 15). Then they were
literally beaten up by the possessed man.
Notice whom the demons knew or knew about. They knew Jesus and knew about Paul. But
Sceva’s sons were unknown to them. The demons did not know those who were not really
seeking to serve Christ.
Sometimes we wonder if anyone notices what we do for Christ. Rejoice that God knows! And
stick close to Him, because it may be that some of the attention that comes your way may
challenge you to the core of your commitment.
“Father help me stay close to You and draw from You the strength I need to resist the devil. May
the shield of faith extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett

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